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Pistorius has become a source of racial shame

1 day(s) ago

Oscar Pistorius has offended a sense of racial pride, and a lot of white people are hungry for his blood, writes Jonny Steinberg

Democracies do not all develop equally

Anthony Butler promo
1 day(s) ago

Anthony Butler: Because democracy is a complex and multidimensional concept, countries do not simply become more or less democratic; they become different kinds of democracies

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: A requiem for the Developmental State

Peter Bruce promo
1 day(s) ago

Wave ‘Goodbye’ to the Developmental State, the marketing cover for a decade of ineptitude, waste, theft and hubris, writes Peter Bruce

On Scotland, just where did the English go wrong?

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

It seems natural to look back at how the relationship began, where it went wrong, and try to remember the good times, writes Nicholas Kotch

Loeries are a showcase of work that defines us

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2 day(s) ago

The festival reminds us about the chasm between brilliance and mediocrity, between work that moves you and work that fades into oblivion, writes Suhana Gordhan

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Parliament as theatre

1 day(s) ago

Just as daytime TV has been dumbed down by reality TV, so Parliament’s circus tent antics are capturing the public imagination, writes Gareth van Onselen

THE INSIDER: Parliament has finger on pulse of good behaviour

EFF leader Julius Malema and chief whip Floyd Shivambu leave the house as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Besides gestures, certain expressions are also considered to be unparliamentary

WINE: Grenache may be having its day after all

Michael Fridjhon promo
1 day(s) ago

Michael Fridjhon looks at the history of the grenache variety as the wine industry celebrates international Grenache Day

Do the sums: no to secession

2 day(s) ago

Dreams of a Cape utopia, much like dreams of an independent Scotland, are best left on the beach for the high tide to wash away, writes Bronwyn Nortje

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: We should opt for discussion before destruction

Dave Marrs promo
2 day(s) ago

My moan for the week is South Africans’ apparent preference for violence and destruction over discussion and negotiation in what passes for disagreement, writes Dave Marrs


Previous columns


THE INSIDER: One grateful patient is putting his foot in it

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

A man suffering from a pain in his right foot has decided that is the right media space to place an advert for the doctor who has helped him on the path to recovery

How the ANC damages its own idea of patriotism

3 day(s) ago

The ruling party has created a multitude of negative symbols that unite South Africans against it, writes Gareth van Onselen

Markets, not regulators, sank AngloGold foreign deal

3 day(s) ago

AngloGold has for a decade or more been using cash from its operations in SA to fund its international expansion, writes Hilary Joffe

Ignorance fuels feeding frenzy over Pistorius

Leon Louw promo
3 day(s) ago

Even some usually sober ‘legal experts’, who should be explaining the judicial process, have been sucked in, writes Leon Louw

Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy

3 day(s) ago

Politicians and activists are not representing us better when they smear and slur instead of speaking and arguing, writes Steven Friedman

MARVIN MEINTJIES: UK interrupted has implications for SA

4 day(s) ago

South Africa, which is trying to re-energise its relationship with the UK, can ill afford to lose sight of the implications of a country interrupted, writes Marvin Meintjies

CSA won’t say it, but lady luck was shining on their finances

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4 day(s) ago

There’s something just a little too rose-tinted about the presentation of Cricket SA’s year-end financials, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Tshidi is holed up at the Financial Services Board

NOT OUR FAULT: Dube Tshidi, head of the Financial Services Board. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
3 day(s) ago

Chairwoman of Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee, Joan Fubbs calls out ‘recalcitrant’ members of the former board of the National Credit Regulator

SONGEZO ZIBI: Trial reveals SA’s confused discourse

5 day(s) ago

The Oscar Pistorius trial has bred some emotional and often irrational discussions, writes Songezo Zibi

GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The DA’s minister of hiding in the shadows

5 day(s) ago

No matter the issue, Dion George seems incapable of interpreting or identifying the key structural problems of to the economy, writes Gareth van Onselen

TRUDI MAKHAYA: Masipa’s Pistorius ruling puts judicial error in the spotlight

4 day(s) ago

Too many wrongful acquittals suggest a system in crisis but so would too few, writes Trudi Makhaya

ON THE MONEY: No divorcing politics from mining giants’ plans to separate assets

Stuart Theobald promo
5 day(s) ago

Some investors don’t believe ANC wants a thriving mining sector that will attract international capital, writes Stuart Theobald

Quality of SA’s political insults must improve

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
5 day(s) ago

An improvement in the quality of our political insults will have a positive effect on democracy in SA and the quality of our democratic experience, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

SA must cut exposure to fickle global investors

Gavin Keeton
5 day(s) ago

Funding deficits by selling large stakes in local firms and interest-bearing bonds to foreigners makes the economy vulnerable to changes in foreign sentiment, writes Gavin Keeton

ON THE WATER: Job creation is an industry of its own

Workers in a clothing factory in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
5 day(s) ago

Job creation has become an industry, the product of which is the taxpayer-funded jobs needed to consume the productive output of job-creation officers, writes Neels Blom

SIGN POST: Techno innovations are all in the family

6 day(s) ago

The true innovation we are seeing from Apple, Sony and Samsung is as much in their technology as in their sense of family, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Skip the zoo, live it up in London and New York

Michael Skapinker promo
5 day(s) ago

London and New York are more than influential — as cultural centres they have no competitors, writes Michael Skapinker

Even a child can see what’s wrong with boxing in SA

Mninawa Ntloko promo
3 day(s) ago

Things have plumbed such embarrassing depths that fans don’t bother to show up even when entry is free, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: Spring bounty for jazz lovers

Gwen Ansell promo
3 day(s) ago

There is a feast of live jazz for music lovers in the month of September, writes Gwen Ansell

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW’s dark horse

SWOOPY: The BMW X4 rides lower than its  more sedate sibling, which is useful when cornering.  Picture: QUICKPIC
3 day(s) ago

The X4 proves to be more than a sexed-up version of the X3, with a tighter drive and barely compromised space, writes Alexander Parker

Poor Charlie’s good advice

4 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu: The wise ones bet heavily when they have the odds. And the rest of the time, they don’t. It’s just that simple

THE INSIDER: Peters’s predecessors’ deep, dark pasts …

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

How can the security of Dipuo Peters’s predecessors be compromised in the present by something they did in the past?

STRAIGHT TALK: All eyes on Scotland the brave

Mark Barnes promo
5 day(s) ago

The Scots and the English have been together for some time but come September 18 they will decide whether or not it’s been long enough, writes Mark Barnes

Boko Haram lurks as Nigeria prepares to go to elections

Dianna Games promo
5 day(s) ago

Emboldened by its growing international profile, Boko Haram has increased the scale of its operations, writes Dianna Games

In terms of the All Blacks, being beatable and being beaten is not the same

ALL-OUT EFFORT: New Zealand’s Richie McCaw reacts as he scores a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby Test match against the Australian Wallabies at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Mark Keohane asks what it means for the Boks if, at their best, a poor performing New Zealand team can still beat them

Fortress finance pulls up the virtual drawbridge

SETTING RECORDS: JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon has overhauled risk controls. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Western governments need to keep up pressure on financial companies to improve cyber defence plans, provide tangible assistance, writes Gillian Tett

McKinsey’s windy platitudes bode ill for next half-century

Lucy Kellaway promo
5 day(s) ago

The best the McKinsey Quarterly can do after years of study is say that technology, globalisation and ageing will feature in the next 50 years, writes Lucy Kellaway

BULL’S EYE: Yes, we do practise what we preach

Jeremy Thomas promo
6 day(s) ago

The world of research reports falls far short of providing that all-important 'feel' for a company and its prospects, writes Jeremy Thomas

UK could end up partnering with Iran and Syria

8 day(s) ago

The adage ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ forms part of what appears the only solution to destroying the Islamic State, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Maphatsoe’s CIA claims shrouded in mystery

Anthony Butler promo
8 day(s) ago

Confusion continues to surround accusations reportedly hurled at Public Protector Thuli Madonsela by Defence Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe, writes Anthony Butler

WINE: Cape Winemakers Guild auction

Michael Fridjhon promo
8 day(s) ago

The Cape Winemakers Guild has come a long way in three decades, writes Michael Fridjhon

THE INSIDER: Money-strapped Motor City is singing the blues

Vehicles enter and exit the downtown on the freeway, in front of General Motors World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Detroit, home of the Motown record label, a shortened version of the name Motor Town, is now more Owe Town than Motown

Blackouts of hostage news ruin media image

9 day(s) ago

It is hard to make the world aware of a problem if the news media itself agrees not to tell the world, writes Anton Harber

THE LAST WORD: Aliens, the CIA and Kebby's tinfoil hat

5 day(s) ago

Rob Rose: What psychological break causes someone to witness an event and immediately ascribe it to ‘American spooks’?

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